His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
Anubhavananda Das Speaks out about Vishnujana Swami and more
"Gibraltar Insight" is a monthly magazine with 25 years of tradition and good name in Gibraltar. This June issue features an interview with the devotees of the B.L.I.S.S. Fuengirola temple: Purujit Prabhu and Makhancora Prabhu.
Makhancora spends the last few weeks by book distribution in gibraltar and by Krsna´s mercy he got in touch with the sub-editor of the magazine, Mrs. Jean L. King who also received some of Srila Prabhupada´s books from him. Feeling inspired she proposed to make an article on the Hare Krsnas in the area and voila!
Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra are on the front cover of this prestigious periodical and thousands of people are getting the darsan of the Lord these days. With 6000 printed copies (rendered 1st class on a fancy glossy paper), online version and more printed copies circulating in the London Gatwick and Luton airports the Lord´s merciful glance blesses many lucky souls.
Our heartfelt "Thank you" to Mrs. Jo Ward, who made the interview and wrote about us and Mrs. Jean King for making this happen. May Lord Sri Krsna be pleased with their beautiful service!
Click HERE to see the Magazine and read the article! (starts on page 40)
Recently we have received an interesting comment from a person whose internet name is Disturbed Jellyfish (indeed funny nickname!) on one of our new Kick on the Face vlogs which deals with the subject of Krsna vs the demigods. The following debate took place:
In this series we show various changes found in the 1972 edition of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and how they change the meaning of Srila Prabhupada's words. It is understood that while editing, sometimes words are changed for clarity. Therefore, in these series of articles, we try to avoid spending too much time focusing on changes that alter the words with the purpose of giving the intended meaning in the original writing more force. With each change discussed we present the original spoken dictation as recorded by Srila Prabhupada on February the 19-20th 1966, the same passage in the 1972 Macmillan edition and finally our humble commentary.
Now one may doubt that because Krsna was the friend of Arjuna, therefore he might say all these things to his own friend. But Arjuna, just to drive out this kind of doubts in the mind of the readers of Bhagavad-gita, he establishes his proposition by the authorities. He says that Lord Sri Krsna is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead not only by himself, Arjuna, but He is so accepted by authorities like Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasa. These personalities are great personalities in distributing the Vedic knowledge. They (are) accepted by all acaryas. Therefore Arjuna says that "Whatever You have spoken so far to me, I accept them as completely perfect." Sarvam etad rtam manye [Bg. 10.14]. "I take it, I believe it that whatever You have spoken, they are all right. And Your Personality, Your Personality of Godhead, is very difficult to understand. And therefore You cannot be known by even the demigods. You cannot be known even by the demigods." That means the Supreme Personality Godhead cannot be known even by greater personalities than the human being, and how a human being can understand Sri Krsna without becoming His devotee?
Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction, New York, February 19-20, 1966.
Now one may think that because Krsna was the friend of Arjuna, Arjuna was telling Him all this by way of flattery, but Arjuna, just to drive out this kind of doubt from the minds of the readers of Bhagavad-gita, substantiates these praises in the next verse when he says that Krsna is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead not only by himself but by authorities like the sage Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasadeva and so on. These are great personalities who distribute the Vedic knowledge as it is accepted by all acaryas. Therefore Arjuna tells Krsna that he accepts whatever He says to be completely perfect. Sarvam etad rtam manye: "I accept everything You say to be true." Arjuna also says that the personality of the Lord is very difficult to understand and that He cannot be known even by the great demigods. This means that the Lord cannot even be known by personalities greater than human beings. So how can a human being understand Sri Krsna without becoming His devotee?
In this section Srila Prabhupada refers to the 10.12-13 sloka, namely:
Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal divine person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty. All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala, and Vyasa proclaim this of You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me.
Bg 10.12, Bg 10.13, Bg 10.12-13
In the 1972 version, after the great acharyas Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasadeva are named the editor adds the words "and so on." Similarly, in the subsequent sentence the meaning is changed from "They are accepted by all acharyas" ("They" meaning Vyasadeva, Narada, Devala, Asita) to "as it is accepted by all acharyas" ("it" meaning the Vedic knowledge). So this is a clear example of subtly changing the meanings of Srila Prabhupada's words. There are only these four acharyas mentioned by Krsna. There's no question of "and so on" All other acharyas accept Vyasa, Narada, Asita, Devala as top most authorities. Srila Prabhupada does not speak anything about how the acharyas accept the Vedic knowledge here. It is an unnecessary addition.
The second change in the editing is the edition of "great". Originally Srila Prabhupada speak of all demigods, but in the 1972 edition it's only the great demigods who cannot understand Krsna
We have received this encouraging comment from Mr. Jaroslaw Suszinski, appreciating the research and insight of the B.L.I.S.S. regarding the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Please, read the article on the changes made to Srila Prabhupada´s books HERE.
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
To a gross materialist this kingdom of God, Vaikuntha, is certainly a mystery. But to an ignorant man everything is a mystery for want of sufficient knowledge. The kingdom of God is not a myth. Even the material planets, which float over our heads in the millions and billions, are still a mystery to the ignorant. Material scientists are now attempting to penetrate this mystery, and a day may come when the people of this earth will be able to travel in outer space and see the variegatedness of these millions of planets with their own eyes. In every planet there is as much material variegatedness as we find in our own planet.
This planet earth is but an insignificant spot in the cosmic structure. Yet foolish men, puffed up by a false sense of scientific advancement, have concentrated their energy in the pursuit of so-called economic development on this planet, not knowing of the variegated economic facilities available on other planets. According to modern astronomy, the gravity of the moon is different from that of earth. Therefore one who goes to the moon will be able to pick up large weights and jump vast distances. In the Ramayana, Hanuman is described as being able to lift huge weights as heavy as hills and jump over the ocean. Modern astronomy has confirmed that this is indeed possible.
You say that you have met people who claim that by evolution we are approaching a higher stage of existence. That is true in one sense, that anyone who takes to Krishna Consciousness may elevate himself to the highest status of life. Krishna mentions many types of higher beings in Bhagavad-gita, such as demigods and those who dwell on higher planets. We have information that there are 8,400,000 species of life. Out of these, 400,000 species are considered human life. Of these 400,000, how many species do we find in our experience? Not many, probably less than 1,000, so we must conclude that there are hundreds of thousands of higher and lower types of human forms. But this does not mean that automatically one body evolves into a higher body. No. It is described by Krishna how the soul becomes embodied according to his desire. So there are 8,400,000 types of bodies eternally existing. Not that the appearance of a new form in this world means that form has never existed previously. No, as conditions change on this earth planet, the living entities here desire to enjoy in a different way, so they take a different type of body. Even that body may be new here, it has always existed also somewhere else. So if a man qualifies for that body, he may be rewarded the body of superman, as he desires. So if someone wants such body, he must learn the process for acquiring it, that is Bhagavad-gita.
It is always the difficulty with the karmis that they "have no time'' for attending spiritual functions or gatherings. Sukadeva Goswami analyzes the situation for the karmis in the narration of Bhagavatam as sleeping and indulging in sex-life in the night and in the daytime working hard "Where is money? Where is money?'' and when they have got money, how to accumulate household paraphernalia, etc. Anyway, by the mercy of Lord Caitanya even such materially absorbed persons can be extricated from their entanglement in the maya by contact with offenseless chanting of the Lord's Holy Names Hare Krsna Mantra. If you vibrate these transcendental sounds everywhere continually, it will pierce their ears and enter their hearts, and then their natural attraction for Krsna will be revived. So do not care for the temporary excuses of the unwilling and unfortunate persons, you simply carry our program forward distributing Sankirtana, Prasadam and literatures and the effect will take place.
(Srila Prabhupada´s Letter to: Bansidhari -- Bombay 16 November, 1970)
I thank you very much and all the devotees for offering me a garland daily as you were doing when I was physically present. If a disciple is constantly engaged in carrying out the instructions of the Spiritual Master he is supposed to be constantly in company with hs Spiritual Master. This is called Vaniseva. So there are two kinds of service to the Spiritual Master One is called vaniseva and the other is called vapuseva. Vaniseva means as above mentioned, executing the instructions, and vapuseva means physically or personally rendering service. So in the absence of physical presentation of the Spiritual Master the vaniseva is more important. My Spiritual Master, Sarasvati Gosvami Thakura, may appear to be physically not present, but still because I try to serve His instruction I never feel separated from Him. I expect that all of you should follow these instructions.
(Srila Prabhupada´s Letter to: Karandhara -- Tokyo 22 August, 1970)
It is just like that in the milk, there is butter, but if you want concentrated butter, you have to churn milk and take out the butter. Similarly, Krishna is spread everywhere by different potencies but when there is question of love, we have to be in direct touch with Krishna. That is personalism. The heat of the impersonalist sunshine and the heat in the sunglobe is far different. One who is in personal touch with Krishna, their spiritual bliss is incomparable. The spiritual bliss derived from impersonalist realization is just like a drop of water in the presence of the Atlantic Ocean. That is the difference between personalism and impersonalism.
(Srila Prabhupada´s letter to: Gurudasa -- Los Angeles 14 December, 1968)
All animals like deer, camel, ass, monkey, even flies and snakes, none should be ill treated. Even they enter into the house or in the fields and take their eatables, they should not be stopped.
Because they have also got the right to eat, eatables supplied by the Lord. And they will not eat more, neither they will take at home, They are better than human beings. If a human being is allowed to enter into the field or into the garden, he will try to take away something for selling or stocking, but the animals do not.
So the innocent animals should be accepted as children of the householder.
(Srila Prabhupada letter to Rayarama -- Seattle 17 October, 1968)